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Anyway, it's a whole new season. Let us gather and be merry. Remember, the last lines of the previous season were: "Will you marry me?" "What?"

Tonight's ep is "New and Improved Lorelai." The WB sez:

Picking up on the same night as last season's finale, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Luke (Scott Patterson) begin making plans for their future, but Luke (Scott Patterson) is embarrassed when word spreads that Lorelai was the one who proposed. Still hurt over Rory's (Alexis Bledel) decision to drop out of Yale and move in with Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann), Lorelai tells her parents that they can take care of Rory from now on. Richard hires an old friend and respected attorney (guest star Robert Foxworth, "Falcon Crest") to help Rory get an easy sentence for stealing the yacht, but the judge gives Rory 300 hours of community service. Logan (Matt Czuchry) throws Rory a "felon" party.

Yanic Truesdale, Liza Weil and Sean Gunn also star. Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote and directed the episode.

Discuss after.


  • At 10:19 AM , Anonymous dana said...

    Well? Here I am. I'm waiting for the discussion!

  • At 11:53 AM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Hey, me too! I'll have some thoughts later. Overall: good ep that bodes well for the season. (I loved the dead women's rings.)

    Karen, Chris, Bill? Bueller?

    (I'm gonna have to nix the word verification because I can't do it! I'm a robot!)

  • At 7:56 PM , Blogger Jon Hansen said...

    Although it has no bearing on the episode, I want to know whose bright idea it was to give Luke a hair replacement system. He looks like he swiped it off of Lindsey from Angel.

  • At 10:22 PM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    Didn't get to it until tonight--I've got DVR power now.

    So, you think we're supposed to really hate Rory at this point? I sure do.

    Why are either of the senior Gilmore's, or Rory, surprised that Lorelai is so pissed off?

    I wonder how long until she notices that Logan is not impressed

    I was kind of hoping to see Richard get some contempt of court action, too.

    Luke and Lorelai sleepy house conversation very good.

    Paris was note perfect.

    The "she's all yours" speech was obviously over the top, but it was completely in line with:

    1) how much we know this hurt Lorelai
    2) her history of not exactly handling her emotions competently
    3) her idee fixe about not controlling Rory, and
    4) her ongoing issues with her parents and their control.

  • At 10:25 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    I was busy Tuesday night and only just watched the episode today. First off, Jon Hansen, damn you for making me notice Luke's forehead-combover! In that one scene where he's dressed up, I was vaguely bothered by something... But I'm sure it'll be brushed back later and we'll see the ol' familiar Luke hairline again.

    I'm pleased to see that Logan is getting credited as a regular cast member, because I think he's a really interesting character and makes things lively, so I'm glad he'll be around. I also like that they're getting directly to the heart of how he's a bad influence on Rory. The party scene was interesting; I got the impression that there's been a shift in the dynamic between them, now that she's decided to drop out. For the first time I didn't feel like blaming Logan for pulling her in his direction; I felt like Rory is drawn to him partly because she's looking for an excuse and making a point of not trying to be a good girl. (Especially now that she's discovered doing everything by the books doesn't necessarily make your dreams come true.)

    Also, I wonder if Logan might be moving in the other direction and looking to pull together his own life, which might be part of why he was drawn to Rory?

    Another thing: I still think all this horrendous mess is her way of trying to get some distance from Lorelai. Which is interesting, because in a twisted mirrory way it's similar to how Lorelai pushed her own mother away. Even though Lorelai's involvement in Rory's life is infinitely more benevolent than Emily's involvement in Lorelai's life, at some point a girl's got to cut the cord and find her own values in order to grow up. And -- in the most loving and cool way possible -- Lorelai and Rory are so attached that only a violent push is going to let Rory find herself as something other than what Lorelai wants her to be (and has raised her to want for herself).

    So I have some compassion for the choices Rory's making, even though I think she's being completely dishonest about the whole thing and running away from a challenge and handling disappointment terribly and all that. I mean she's not doing it *well*, but in a clumsy and stupid way she is doing something she needs to do.

  • At 1:46 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    Oh and note that I don't think Lorelai is holding Rory back or anything; Lorelai is the best mom ever. It's just the fact of their closeness, of having grown up being shaped around Lorelai's strong personality, that makes it hard for Rory to figure out who she is on her own. I think a lot of the character weaknesses we've been seeing last season are the result of Rory not knowing quite how to go about living a life that isn't in tandem with Lorelai.

  • At 3:21 PM , Blogger Jon Hansen said...

    First off, Jon Hansen, damn you for making me notice Luke's forehead-combover!

    (sighs in satisfaction)

    Then my work here is done.

  • At 12:15 PM , Blogger Karen said...

    I'm cool with it as long as he doesn't end up with Lindsey's evil hand issues.

    I agree Paris was note-perfect, by the way. I'm so curious to see how all these people will play out their little dramas in the season to come!

  • At 6:30 PM , Blogger gwenda said...

    Some scattered thoughts... I have to say that rewatching some of last season over the summer, it seems to me that last year was very much about Rory trying to create distance from Lorelai. Oddly, what I get from Rory a little bit too, is her moving closer to Lorelai's personality. It can't be a coincidence that mom and daughter were dressed in more or less the same outfit for their nights out in this ep -- white jacket and jeans. Rory's wardrobe is definitely more and more Lorelai-fied all the time. Which is surface, but telling, nonetheless. Logan even reminds me of Christopher, now that you mention it.

    Rory herself bugged me less in this episode. She seems more clueless than anything else, in that way that college kids are. She seems to not realize that something serious is going on between her and her mom -- or to not believe it's possible. Last season was her pushing her mom away; now we're about to see her have trouble dealing with it when her mom actually does go away. Should be fun to watch. After all, there's a certain time when you only want your parents to leave you alone until they do.

    I 100 percent agree that Logan is going to be wanting Rory back to her pure and true roots before long. And I did notice something was up with Luke's hair -- especially in the bed scene -- but I wasn't sure what. I'm distressed if there actually has been fauxage.

  • At 10:29 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    Oddly, what I get from Rory a little bit too, is her moving closer to Lorelai's personality.

    I don't think there's a contradiction here. They've basically grown up together so they have an almost sisterly territory thing going on. Like siblings claiming their identities, they've always split certain characteristics between them: Lorelai gets to be the sexy chaotic one, Rory gets to be the steady one with a good head on her shoulders, etc. So part of getting distance means they're able to start testing out each others' territory and exploring that aspect of themselves.


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